In this article, we will be giving you the low down on the best spinning reels available on the market today for under £100. All these have been chosen by our team based on their performance, reliability and their popularity within the angling community – from beginners to the more experienced anglers.

Before choosing a spinning reel, you need to ensure you’re buying the right reel for the right job. So if you’re unsure what you should be looking for in a spinning reel, check out our article “Choosing a Spinning Reel” here.

We hope this guide will help you narrow your choice down and help you find that perfect spinning reel.

1. Shimano Nasci


Image showing Shimano Nasci

Specification at a glance

  • Hagane Drive Gear
  • X-Ship for winding efficiency and smoothness
  • CoreProtect design to prevent water from entering the body
  • G-Free Body construction
  • ARC Spool, patented spool design with an angled spool lip
  • Varispeed II oscillation system
  • Single machined aluminium handle
  • XT-7 body material
  • Cold forged aluminium spool

Angling Active says

Without a doubt, one of our best selling reels! Shimano certainly nailed it with the Nasci. Not only does the Nasci aesthetically look great but it has the technology to back it up.

The Nasci is a workhorse of a reel, thanks to Shimano’s Hagane gear which provides unparalleled durability and X-ship technology which means the pinion gear is further supported allowing the reel to deal with the heaviest of loads without the gearing moving out of position. This form of technology is usually found in Shimano higher-end reels.

Shimano’s ARC spool lip design and Varispeed oscillation system helps improve casting distance while eliminating the line coiling or twisting when applied to the spool.

The body is constructed with Shimano’s XT-7 material making it very robust and durable and the Nasci’s G free-body technology moves the centre of gravity closer to the anglers hand position, to help reduce fatigue and enhance casting comfort.

The Nasci comes prepared for freshwater and saltwater applications thanks to its coreprotect technology which eliminates water ingress and seals certain components of the reel.

If you’re looking for an exceptionally good reel under £100 then the Nasci is a hard reel to beat in its class.

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2. Okuma Jaw FD


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Specification at a glance

  • Multi-disc, Japanese oiled felt drag washers
  • 3 ball bearing + 1 roller bearing
  • Precision machine cut brass pinion gear
  • Corrosion resistant graphite body and rotor
  • CFR: Cyclonic Flow Rotor technology
  • Machined aluminium, anodised spool
  • Corrosion-resistant stainless steel bail wire
  • RESII: Computer balanced Rotor Equalizing System

Angling Active says

The Jaw has already become one of our top selling reels and we can see why. It’s very distinguishable with its two-tone black and orange looks. The reel feels solid in hand and feels like it could take a bit of abuse.

The drag is more refined than most other reels in its price range, however, the drag clicker is exceptionally loud. Coming equipped with 4 ball bearings the Okuma Jaw is a smooth reel to use. The machined aluminium spool with it’s detailing is a nice touch and the tapered lip will assist in casting distance. If you’re looking for an affordable reel that outweighs its price tag then the Okuma Jaw is definitely worth a look.
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3.Shimano Catana

shimano catana

Specification at a glance

  • Front drag
  • XT-7 body material
  • Die-cast aluminium spool
  • 2 SUS ball bearings and 1 roller bearing
  • AR-C spool lip design

Angling Active says

The Shimano Catana needs no introduction. It’s one of the best selling Shimano reels in Europe. Like all their products, Shimano don’t cut corners when it comes to quality and construction and this resonates through the build quality and components used in the entry-level Catana.

The Catana has sharp aesthetic looks and is finished off with a chrome and gunmetal finish.

Coming equipped with Shimano’s ARC spool lip design for improved casting distance and eliminating line coils. The body is constructed with Shimano’s XT-7 material making it very robust and durable.

The Catana is fitted with 2 SUS ball bearings for a simple yet reliable smooth performance. The drag system is smooth and refined and is easily adjusted with small increments and easy to master.

The very competitively priced Catana is a great introduction to the Shimano brand.

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4. PENN Pursuit III


penn pursuit iii

Specification at a glance

  • HT-100 carbon fibre drag washers
  • Lightweight and corrosion-resistant graphite body
  • 4+1 stainless steel bearing system
  • Machined and anodised aluminium spool
  • Superline braid spool
  • Line Capacity Rings

Angling Active says

If you’re looking for an affordable saltwater reel then look no further than the PENN Pursuit III. The Pursuit III will appeal to both entry-level and avid anglers alike.

Like all PENN reels the pursuit is built to withstand the toughest of fishing challenges. Coming equipped with Penns extremely reliable and refined HT-100 carbon drag system the Pursuit comes with the same drag system as some of the higher-end PENN reels. To give you an example of how strong the drag system is on the Pursuit III, the 6000 sizes comes with a staggering 20lb of drag pressure – now that’s impressive!

The Pursuit III also features PENNs deep line capacity ringed spool, providing you with the perfect ID markers for ensuring the spool is properly filled. The corrosion-resistant graphite body offers durability to deal with the toughest of saltwater fishing conditions.

The Superline spool is engineered to accommodate braided mainlines, the integrated rubber gasket that is located on the spool acts as a biting point to ensure braided lines do not slip on the spool.
Coming equipped with 4 stainless ball bearings, the PENN Pursuit is extremely smooth in operation even under the heaviest of loads. The oversized reel handle provides superior grip and unrivalled cranking power. Providing extreme comfort when battling saltwater specimens.

With the integration of PENNs latest reel technologies, the Pursuit III really is a stand out reel for the money.
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5. Daiwa 18 Ninja LT

Image showing Daiwa Ninja 18 LT

Specification at a glance

  • LT – Light and Tough
  • AirBail
  • Graphite body and rotor
  • Tough Digigear
  • ABS spool
  • ATD (Automatic Tournament) drag
  • Machine cut aluminium handle
  • Soft touch handle knob
  • New generation line clip

Angling Active says

The Daiwa Ninja LT is one of Daiwa’s best selling reels. With an extremely affordable price point and stacked with some of Daiwa’s high-end features that only appear on more expensive reels. The Ninja is the ideal choice for entry-level anglers to the most avid of angler.

The Daiwa Ninja comes equipped with Daiwa’s LT technology which stands for Light and Tough. The LT technology helps reduce the overall size and weight of Daiwa’s reel while further increasing the overall strength of the reel. Daiwa’s engineers have done this by optimising specific aspects of the reel’s components, such as Strengthened Digigear for enhanced cranking power, a full graphite body that has been redesigned to improve the robustness and strength of the body while reducing the overall weight through reel body design.

The ABS spool will accommodate both braided and mainlines while the spool design is very efficient at managing various line types. This increases overall casting performance.

Thanks to Daiwa’s ATD drag system. The Ninja LT comes with a smooth, powerful and progressive drag system, ensuring you have complete control at all times when under heavy pressure.

The Daiwa Ninja is a great value and competitively priced reel. It features some of Daiwa’s latest reel technologies and is finished in a cool and stealthy red and black colour scheme that will look great on any fishing rod.

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6. Daiwa Legalis

daiwa legalis lt

Specification at a glance

  • LT – Light and Tough concept design
  • Carbon based DS5 body material
  • DS4 rotor, Air Bail and ABS spool
  • ATD Drag system
  • 5 ball bearings
  • Machine cut aluminium handle
  • Soft touch handle knob

Angling Active says

The Daiwa Legalis LT is one of the most aesthetically pleasing reels that you will come across. The sharp aesthetic looks not only make the Legalis look the part but the engineering internally backs up the Legalis LT’s workhorse statement.

The reel comes equipped with Daiwa#s ATD drag system which provides a smooth, refined and powerful drag system. This drag system in conjunction with the 5 ball bearings integrated into the carbon light material housing improves the reels overall performance, providing you with smooth operation trip after trip.

Earlier we touched upon the carbon material reel housing, the DS5 carbon-based reel body provides enhanced durability while reducing the overall weight of the reel significantly. This weight reduction is further complemented by Daiwa’s DS4 and Air Rotor which further reduces the weight of the reel by a further 20%. The unique Rotor design not only helps with shed the grams but it also increases the power and cranking power of the reel thanks to its unique design that spreads the load pressure across the overall rotor – increasing the overall toughness of the reel.

The Legalis manages a variety of line types from monofilament to braided main lines. Thanks to the ABS spool that manages a variety of line types easily and efficiently. This helps with increased casting distance and accuracy.

The extremely smooth operating Legalis is the ideal spinning reel for any freshwater angler. Coming in a variety of sizes that will appeal to any angler.

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